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Costs of climate change, state-by-state: Billions, says UMD
Date:7/23/2008

www.ncsl.org/summit/index.htm

STATE SUMMARIES

Note: The economic impacts are based on climate changes already in motion. Unabated climate change would likely increase these economic effects.

  • Colorado: More than $1 billion in losses due to impacts on tourism, forestry, water resources and human health from a predicted drier, warmer climate.

  • Georgia: Multi-million dollar losses from predicted higher seas along Georgia's coast.

  • Kansas: Losses exceeding $1 billion from impact on agriculture of predicted warmer temperatures and reduced water supply in much of the state.

  • Illinois: Billions of dollars in losses from impact on shipping, trade and water resources. Warmer temperatures and lower water levels predicted for much of the state.

  • Michigan: Billions of dollars in losses from damage to the state's shipping and water resources. Warmer temperatures and lower water levels predicted for much of the state.

  • Nevada: Billions of dollars in losses from a much drier climate and pressure on scarce water resources. Water limitations could affect tourism, real estate, development and human health. Many western states may confront similar challenges.

  • New Jersey: Billions of dollars in losses from higher sea levels and the impact on tourism, transportation, real estate and human health.

  • Ohio: Billions of dollars in losses from warmer temperatures and lower water levels and the resulting impact on shipping and water supplies.

The complete reports (8) are available online: http://cier.umd.edu/climateadaptation/

LESSONS FOR STATES

The report offers five "lessons" derived from the researchers' analysis:

  1. "There are already considerable costs to society associated with infrastructures, agricultural and silvicultural practices, land use choices, t
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Contact: Neil Tickner
ntickner@umd.edu
301-405-4622
University of Maryland
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